DA on cabinet: Ramaphosa chose ANC over people of SA

By Doug Mattushek - 30 May 2019Views : 154

The Democratic Alliance has hit out at government's new cabinet ministers, claiming that patronage within the ANC is still alive and well.

President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed his shrunken 28 minister-strong cabinet late on Wednesday evening. Always quick off the mark, it should come as no surprise that opposition parties were quick to criticise…

"Unfortunately, Ramaphosa placed the internal factional interests of the ANC ahead of the interests of the people of South Africa," read part of the DA’s statement.

"At a time of great expectation of renewal and change, Ramaphosa instead chose the survival of the ANC over the future of the country. Ramaphosa chose to appoint comprised individuals such as David Mabuza as Deputy President, Fikile Mbalula as Minister of Transport and Gwede Mantashe as Minister of Mineral Resources."

The statement went on to lament the high rate of unemployment and the lack of steps taken by Ramaphosa to address the issue.

"This cabinet announcement shows the farcical belief that a stronger mandate for Cyril Ramaphosa would lead to a ‘new dawn’,” it continued.

"Rather, his appointments, to the economics cluster, show that he will continue down the same tried and tested path that has led us to having the highest youth unemployment rate in the world.

"While 10 million South Africans are unemployed, the President’s cabinet choice shows he has no new ideas; nor new personal; to address the country’s job crisis."